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Direct National Filing

February 18, 2013

While most patent holders prefer to file their applications via the PCT route, in certain cases it makes sense to file for patent protection via direct national filing. This is a good option if you are only filing in a few countries, or if you seek patent protection in countries that are not signatories to the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

For example, Argentina, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela are non-PCT countries where applicants must file directly. Read more about: Direct National Filing  »

Foreign Language Litigation Support Services

February 8, 2013

For companies and their counsel dealing with cross-border litigation, antitrust, or multinational investigations, the challenges are enormous. Adding to the challenge is the need to review, organize, and comprehend hundreds or even thousands of foreign language documents.

Document translation is the easy part. First you need organize and label the documents, review them to discover which are relevant to the matter, prioritize them, and then translate them.

Legal professionals usually turn to Morningside at the final stage of this process, Read more about: Foreign Language Litigation Support Services  »

European Patent Filing–The Swiss Are Number One

January 18, 2013

When most of us think of the Swiss, we tend to think of chocolate, watches, and skiing. We should add inventors to that list. In a European Patent Office press release from yesterday, the EPO listed figures on European patent filing in 2012, including a list of the top 50 countries filing European patent applications.

Not surprisingly, The United States tops the list, with Japan and Germany coming in second and third, Read more about: European Patent Filing–The Swiss Are Number One  »

Translation Is Key To Reaching Global Consumers

January 11, 2013

For companies looking to expand their brand abroad, translating their marketing materials and web content is critical. According to Common Sense Advisory, English content reaches less than one-third of global consumers. That means American companies with English content only are ignoring more than 70% of the world’s consumers, and losing out on massive opportunities for additional revenue. Those same companies could potentially reach 98 percent of global online users by translating their content into 48 languages. Read more about: Translation Is Key To Reaching Global Consumers  »

New EU Unitary Patent?

January 4, 2013

In news that you may have missed because it happened right before the holidays, on December 11th the European Parliament approved regulations creating a unitary patent that will be automatically recognized in 25 EU countries and overseen by a new court. That means European patents will no longer have to be individually validated in those countries, and that patent translations into a myriad of European languages will no longer be required. The EU’s stated goal is to cut the cost of patent protection by up to 80%, Read more about: New EU Unitary Patent?  »